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America’s Perilous Patchwork of Privacy Laws

March 24, 2011

As a concept, the notion of online privacy seems to rank right up there with the Tooth Fairy. Facebook has declared that all posts by members on their walls are public property; Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) keeps getting into trouble with various governments over the data its Street View cars collect; and you can forget about your Tweets being private — the Library of Congress is recording them.

“Consumers can’t expect much privacy in online services like Google, Facebook and Twitter,” Rainey Reitman, activism director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TechNewsWorld. There are few laws protecting consumers on the Web, Reitman pointed out. Meanwhile, law enforcement “continues to seek ways to expand their online surveillance powers.”

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